Thought For The Day 07/22/12





Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun,
so must you know pain…. Accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have
always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields….

Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet, 1923


Remembering the thing that matters most when we are faced with a tragedy is never an easy thing. We are too often driven by the emotions of the moment when choosing our words or planning the actions we will take as a result of the horrors that were brought before our very eyes. We wonder how it is possible that one person can act with such callous indifference. We speak his name over and over, imprinting it into our brain so as to never forget the tragic events precipitated by one sick and tortured soul, as if we ever could! And we all too often forget! We forget that there are 70 individual lives as well as those of their families and intimate friends, that will be forever changed. And suddenly the number of directly and indirectly impacted people rises into at least a thousand lives that will never be the same. They will never sleep the same way. They will never view a movie exactly the same way. They will never enjoy the buttery taste of popcorn or Jujubees in exactly the same way they once did. All because one person became lost!


Now is not the time to point fingers and lay blame. Now is not the time to question laws and ask what needs to be changed. Now is not the time to think about one lost and tortured soul. Now is the time to rally around those 70 who were directly impacted and the thousand others indirectly affected but who will be the ones left to pick up the pieces of shattered lives, hopes and dreams. Now is the time to ask God’s mercy on the 12 thus far that have been called home to live with him forever more. For I have no doubt that is exactly where they dwell whether they truly knew Him or not. Now is the time to wrap those who were injured and who will forever bear the scars of that day in our arms and lift them up in prayer that they might one day be able to, if not forget, perhaps live for a single moment without reliving and remembering those moments. Now is the time to ask that strength be given to all of those who were less directly affected and yet will remain forever more the support system for those survivors as they struggle to continue on. And now begins the time to remember the family of the one responsible because they will never be thought of the same way by society ever again.


Remember Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest at 6 who started swimming lessons just 3 days earlier. Remember Robb Scott who dived in front of his girlfriend and her brother to save them. Remember Alex Sullivan, the birthday boy and husband whose 1 year anniversary would have been today. Remember 27-year-old Micayla Medek, a spirit filled woman with a joyful heart. Remember John Larimer, a member of the United States Navy and a cryptologist. Remember Jessica Ghawi (known professionally as Jessica Redfield), an established sports blogger with dreams of becoming a sports broadcast journalist. Remember Gordon Cowden who was the oldest at 51. Remember Air Force Reservist, Jesse Childress. Remember Aurora resident Alexander J. Boik. Remember another former member of the Navy, who was planning on re-enlisting, Jonathan Blunk. Remember Rebecca Ann Wingo who worked in Customer Service. And lastly, remember Alexander C. Teves who received his Masters degree in Psychology just a few short weeks ago. They are the names of those who were enjoying an evening out with family or friends. They were all people who should be sharing their Sunday with those they love. They are the ones who should forever remain in our hearts and minds! And in our prayers! Remember!


  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)


Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath”


About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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